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EPaps
01-05-2009, 06:12 PM
How many times do you bounce the ball before you serve? Do you bounce it with your hand or with your racquet or some combination of the two?

Nanshiki
01-05-2009, 06:20 PM
I don't count and it's not always the same number, but... a lot.

01-05-2009, 06:22 PM
First serve? Three times. Bounce, bounce-bounce.

meowmix
01-05-2009, 06:26 PM
Usually two times. Sometimes none.

game set match 46 TIMES!!
01-05-2009, 06:27 PM
i dont keep track. but 3 times most of the time.

Djokovicfan4life
01-05-2009, 06:34 PM
I bounce the ball once or twice with my racquet as I walk up to the line. I don't really count that as ball bouncing though.

EPaps
01-05-2009, 06:46 PM
I bounce the ball once or twice with my racquet as I walk up to the line. I don't really count that as ball bouncing though.

Yeah I do the same as I'm walking up to the line, but 3 times with my hand once I'm there.

auzzieizm
01-05-2009, 07:09 PM
7x for each serve :oops:

ronalditop
01-05-2009, 07:28 PM
almost always three times.

counter_puncher
01-05-2009, 08:03 PM
Exactly 19 times.

Feņa14
01-05-2009, 10:15 PM
Zero...

I have enough to concentrate on without trying to bounce the ball aswell! :)

Ronny
01-06-2009, 12:43 AM
3 times normally...sometimes 5 when its big point

Duzza
01-06-2009, 01:22 AM
14 for first and 12 for second because i like odd numbers

0d1n
01-06-2009, 01:40 AM
I don't keep track, but I don't think I ever go above 3.

lovecr717
01-06-2009, 01:50 AM
14 for first and 12 for second because i like odd numbers

Aren't 14 and 12 even numbers?

5 to 7 times i guess.

EndLy
01-06-2009, 02:01 AM
Aren't 14 and 12 even numbers?

5 to 7 times i guess.

lol... maybe he meant 15 and 13?

I always remind myself to bounce it three times because its my favorite number haha but i naturally bounce it only twice most of the times.

Oui, c'est moi.
01-06-2009, 06:07 AM
Not once.

I understand bouncing 1-3 times helps you get the 'feel' of the ball and it can reset your mind. But for those who bounce it SEVERAL times...what's your excuse?! :p

drakulie
01-06-2009, 06:20 AM
I never realized how many times I bounce the ball before I serve until I saw myself on video. It is 3 times.

Ben42
01-06-2009, 06:31 AM
0-4 times.

Storm_Kyori
01-06-2009, 08:07 AM
Random number, I use to bounce it like the Djoker, but now I'll say I'l like 3-5 range.

FloridaAG
01-06-2009, 08:37 AM
I seem to vary between 3 and 4 - I never noticed until the TWSF Chapter meet on the grass courts when I could not bounce the ball at all so actually thought about it for the first time.

vbranis
01-06-2009, 08:39 AM
95% of the time just once. I'll go up to 4 if I need extra concentration and/or time to rest.

RoddickAce
01-06-2009, 08:45 AM
2-8 times, depending on how much pop i want to put on the ball actually. Usually, the less the ball bounce, the lower the pace I'm trying to add
Edit: I also have a bad habit of bouncing the ball when I'm walking on the court >_>.

EPaps
01-06-2009, 01:29 PM
2-8 times, depending on how much pop i want to put on the ball actually. Usually, the less the ball bounce, the lower the pace I'm trying to add

That's interesting, I've never heard anything like that. Any reason why?

Duzza
01-06-2009, 03:17 PM
Aren't 14 and 12 even numbers?

5 to 7 times i guess.

Hehe I meant odd as in strange numbers :D

Booyah
01-06-2009, 03:54 PM
two would be the nubmer

SourStraws
01-06-2009, 04:19 PM
5, 10 or 15 times..... Not kidding either

RoddickAce
01-06-2009, 04:26 PM
That's interesting, I've never heard anything like that. Any reason why?

I don't know, but it maybe I'm just thinking about the serve less when I'm bouncing less; so it ends up as me not trying as hard to smack the serve.

hjminard
01-06-2009, 07:51 PM
1 to 3 times, I think ... with my racquet.

RestockingTues
01-06-2009, 07:57 PM
As many times as it takes for me to think out a game plan for the next point.

phoenicks
01-06-2009, 08:03 PM
7 or more, bounce until I can relax my arm and shoulder.

Justin
01-06-2009, 08:47 PM
Never more than two times. Usually once or not at all.

thundaga
01-07-2009, 01:22 AM
i slice it into the ground once, then bounce once.

BestLefty UK
01-07-2009, 08:28 AM
I slice the ball into the ground and then do around 7/8 bounces (I need time to focus and then think about the placement of the serve) but if I'm playing badly then I just want to correct myself so I do 3 straight and smash down the serve

mozzer
01-07-2009, 08:43 AM
3 before a 1st serve, 1 before a second serve.

CHOcobo
01-07-2009, 08:47 AM
most of the time i bounce it just 3 times. but i think it depends how i feel too at the time.

spiritdragon
01-07-2009, 09:41 AM
haha cool thread. i usually bounce the ball 2 times. i usually only do it more if the first 2 bounces weren't good lol.

Leelord337
01-07-2009, 09:46 AM
sometimes when i feel superstitious I bounce it 7 times

TnTBigman
01-07-2009, 09:51 AM
usually 3 times. 4 if I'm slightly out of breath :D .

mikeler
01-07-2009, 10:09 AM
3 times for a first serve

2 times for a second serve

5 times if I need a few extra seconds to settle down after the previous point because of anger or to catch my breath.

EPaps
01-08-2009, 09:23 PM
5, 10 or 15 times..... Not kidding either

haha that's awesome

am22fcw
01-09-2009, 05:59 PM
3 on first and 2nd its just a habit and kind of an OCD. if i mess up like if i miss catch the ball on the bounce then i start my 3 bounces over!

EPaps
01-10-2009, 08:57 PM
3 on first and 2nd its just a habit and kind of an OCD. if i mess up like if i miss catch the ball on the bounce then i start my 3 bounces over!

haha same here. has to be 3 clean bounces in a row for me.

westside
01-10-2009, 09:07 PM
only one bounce

MarrratSafin
01-11-2009, 01:02 AM
Sometimes I don't even bounce it. At most like 3 times.:)

Teamtomo
01-11-2009, 01:24 AM
2-3-4 times.

01-12-2009, 10:46 AM
4 times with the racquet as I set up and then 3 with the hand for the first serve and then 3 with the racquet and 2 with the hand for the second serve.

quest01
01-12-2009, 12:51 PM
I usually bounce the ball just once. Some of you people have OCD when it comes to bouncing a ball before serving, first and second serves. Bouncing a ball that meticulously will not make you play better.

EPaps
01-21-2009, 12:50 PM
bumping this if anyone else wants to get in on this topic

Mdubb23
01-21-2009, 12:58 PM
Two times before my first serve, three before my second.

01-22-2009, 12:19 AM
i boune it 2-3 times

ttbrowne
01-22-2009, 08:11 AM
Two very deliberate bounces with my hand.

But before, I do that Roddick thing with the racket and the ball bouncing any number of times.

SaunderS
01-22-2009, 08:26 AM
Two very deliberate bounces with my hand.

But before, I do that Roddick thing with the racket and the ball bouncing any number of times.

I do that aswell.

lawlaw
01-22-2009, 11:45 AM
used to be 4 for first serve and 3 for second but I realized that my mind should be set before I step to the line and the ball bouncing was taking my focus off task at hand.

Now it is 1 for first, 2 for second just to pace things.

TennisNinja
01-22-2009, 03:36 PM
I dunno, it varies I guess.

slicefox
01-22-2009, 04:35 PM
I do it with the raquet 5 time. No hand bouncing.

EPaps
06-04-2009, 07:01 PM
anyone else want to get in on this?

Fedace
06-04-2009, 07:13 PM
What is the rule on catching your toss ? Can you catch your toss 6-12 times each time you serve. ???? I would really love to do this since i have some inconsistant toss problem. but i dont' because, i consider it a bad sportsmanship. but i don't think there is a rule against it.

hewittt
06-04-2009, 07:21 PM
What is the rule on catching your toss ? Can you catch your toss 6-12 times each time you serve. ???? I would really love to do this since i have some inconsistant toss problem. but i dont' because, i consider it a bad sportsmanship. but i don't think there is a rule against it.

it's legal, but like you said, everybody is going to stop playing with you if you do that.

maverick66
06-04-2009, 07:24 PM
this is a necro almost of a heycal quality. from january to june nobody wanted it but you brought it back. this would make heycal proud.

pabletion
06-04-2009, 07:42 PM
Two times. Its part of my service routine now, cant help it.

Before I used to bounce it four times, sometimes even counted on my head, but I changed my service motion and one of the things I tried to do was bounce it less, cause I felt I got too mechanic with my old motion. Im trying to have a more fluid service motion now, and I think having less bounces has helped

acehole
06-05-2009, 03:53 AM
8 for a first, 5 for a second

fps
06-05-2009, 04:53 AM
once, bouncing more times doesn't help my rhythm.

Andres
06-05-2009, 04:59 AM
Two, for both 1st and 2nd serves

dParis
06-05-2009, 05:09 AM
Sometime none at all. If I do bounce, it's usually three times with the racket, then 1-3 more times fumbling the ball trying to pick it up, then one kick off of my toe into the net and then I reach into my pocket for a second ball and serve it.

TBobLP
06-05-2009, 05:34 AM
why is there no option for negative times?!?

TBobLP
06-05-2009, 05:35 AM
Sometime none at all. If I do bounce, it's usually three times with the racket, then 1-3 more times fumbling the ball trying to pick it up, then one kick off of my toe into the net and then I reach into my pocket for a second ball and serve it.

sounds like me...but im usually already on second serve at this point so i have to go and pick it up.

scraps234
06-05-2009, 05:40 AM
atleast 2... i really dont keep track but sometimes it goes to a random number

Perry the Platypus
06-05-2009, 05:46 AM
Four times on the first serve, three times on the second serve. Same thing every single time.......

Dedans Penthouse
06-05-2009, 07:45 AM
3x on clay
2x on hard
1 x on grass....pick up ball...serve

onehandbh
06-05-2009, 12:49 PM
Have no idea. Don't really have a set #.
Sometimes I don't bounce the ball at all. Probably should
create some sort of a ritual. I just try to relax and get
a good toss.

Hondasteve
06-05-2009, 04:34 PM
Once - if at all. Just to set my feet at the line. Learned it from Pete...:)

EPaps
06-05-2009, 04:38 PM
this is a necro almost of a heycal quality. from january to june nobody wanted it but you brought it back. this would make heycal proud.

yet for some reason, 14 people decided to respond.

TennisLover17
06-05-2009, 04:47 PM
A random amount, between 1 to maybe 5 at most. For second serves I usually only take one bounce. But if its like break point on my serve then I'll take my time and toss it about 4-5 times.

Serendipitous
06-05-2009, 05:59 PM
When I played I bounced it 3 times, sometimes 3.14 times.......:)

subaru3169
06-06-2009, 02:09 AM
i bounce the ball twice in a row each and every single time before i start my serve

beedlejuice22
06-06-2009, 03:35 AM
I always dribble the ball with my racket when I'm walking up to the line to serve (making sure the ball doesn't bounce on any lines) Then when I'm in the ball-bouncing position I spin my racket twice in my hand, and bounce the ball once. Same routine for my second serve.

sh@de
06-06-2009, 03:56 AM
I bounce two to three times. There wasn't such an option, so I picked a random number of times, although it isn't actually random... ><

Seany
06-06-2009, 04:03 AM
2 times here.

Motahari
06-06-2009, 06:30 AM
I think I usually bounce the ball about 4 times before I serve.

Andres
06-06-2009, 10:03 AM
Actually, I realized I only bounce the ball once before serving.

subaru3169
06-06-2009, 10:08 AM
i think.. some of us who have been playing a while and have a set service routine probably have other ocd tendencies, myself included lol

lhstennis12
06-26-2009, 06:46 AM
Four times with my left hand. Sometimes I'll slice it into the ground facing the back fence when composing or toweling myself off, and just dribble downward with my racquet while walking to the baseline. But always four times once I reach the line.